Jeremiah 31:3 – The LORD appeared to us in the past. He said, “I have loved you with a love that lasts forever. I have kept on loving you with faithful love. (NIRV).
Today, we will explore the power of God’s love. The ?rst two questions are: What is God’s love and who is the God that we Christians worship? It is the nature of a person that tells who he is, what he stands for and what to expect from him. Someone asked God in the Bible who He was and then He de?ned and explained Himself to the person.
Moses, in conversation with God, asked God how He would like to be addressed to the people. Exodus 3:13-15 – Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is His name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ “… This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.
‘I am who I am’ in Hebrew is ‘Eheyeh Asher Eheyeh,’ meaning the self-existent One, the eternal, the ever present and Living One: One who has always been and will always be. In the New Testament, Apostle John de?ned God in 1 John 4:8 – As the God who is love.
Different types of love were highlighted in the Bible. In the English translation of the Bible, the different types of love were not differentiated, but in the Greek translation of the Bible, they were. They are: Phileo (Greek) – This is the type of love that exists between boyfriend and girlfriend. It is based on mutual satisfaction. You scratch my back, I scratch yours. If you don’t give, I won’t. Eros (Greek) – This is lust: self-seeking love. The word ‘erotic’ came from it. Stergo (Greek) – This is the type of love that exists between parents, their children and family members. It is a kind of love for one’s nation or kindred. Agape (Greek) – It is a self-sacri?cing love: the unconditional love. This is the God-kind of love.
Therefore, the love of God can be de?ned as the self-sacri?cing of the selfexisting God. He did not have to do it but He chose to do it anyway. Since He is self existent, He does not need us to exist: we need Him to exist. As a matter of fact, He created us and He, however, chose to love us unconditionally. Romans 5:8 – ‘…but God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ All the other types of love have strings attached to them but this type of love has no strings. God loves you completely, unconditionally, consistently, unfailingly and dearly.
God’s love for you is one hundred percent. It was His decision and not yours. God’s love for you has nothing to do with you or your performance or lack of it. God loves you in spite of you. He began to love you before you knew He existed. Friend, God loves you and He loves you unconditionally, but you have to know and accept His love for you to bene?t from it. It is a gift not a reward for works or service done. Questions for Re?ection: Who can really love you in spite of you? How do you describe God’s love for you? Are you deserving of God’s love? For Further Study: Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:8 Personal Declaration: God’s love is suf?cient for me. May I gain more understanding into the depth of this love.